What is your focus?

Focus, and why it matters.

While I was looking for a flower picture for a project recently I came across this one of water drops on the tulips. I was struck by the play of the colors and its hint of spring coming.  My second thought was that it was not clear to me what I had been intending as the focal point.  Usually in a close up with this much variety of focus there is a clear point of interest. This one lacks one so it ends up being more about the contrasting colors and delicate watercolor shades of the tulips.  The focus matter, because having that clear focal point is the difference between a good picture and a great picture.

Finding focus.

I sat and looked at the picture and realized that I needed focus in more areas than this picture.  I have always had the goal to be an Artist, but that goal is blurry and lacks definition. When I have tried to answer the question with more depth “Making a living from creating art”.  That answer is still blurry because it still does not create a clear picture of what that would look like.  I sat and thought on all I do and how do I bring that in to focus so that I will have a crystal clear image of what I am trying to do. I have many artistic interests and have always enjoyed teaching.  I pursue a number of different artist mediums and have always been interested in learning something new.  I looked at the tulips again and I was still drawn to the image. Perhaps it was time to define what I wanted, to let go of the single word and find a definition that would be a focus for me.

My Focus.

I wish to make a living as a creator, writer and artist whose work is based on the principal of fostering uniqueness and creativity in a world that values conformity.

What is your focus?

A hint of Spring, ©2012 Rennata Tropeano
A breath of Spring 

The Importance of Play

As I typed the title of this post, I thought *hmm, have I used that before?* I looked it up, way back in 2009, I made a post titled “The Importance of Play and Accident”. In the process of looking it up I learned two things. One I have never used the tag play, and two I use the word play a lot. In the creativity course I am taking one of the lessons starts with the following:

“Play has a way of dimming the critical mind so we can try new things without judging ourselves.”

This spoke to me and really defined why play is important. Growth comes in those time we reach outside of ourself to try something new. I find the converse true, dimming the critical mind can make most things play and provide that space where true creativity and growth.   Think about setting aside all those thoughts of judgement and just play, you will be amazed at what you can do.


Pooh Sticks, A water color by Rennata Tropeano. 8-4-2017  Watercolor on acid free Strathmore cold press 140 lb. Part of the daily themes for #worldwatercolorgroup

Cherry Lemon and Turquoise

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Cherry, Lemon and Turquoise

This piece was created as part of a series of watercolors created for #WorldWatercolorMonth. Each day featured a theme for the day. The bright colors were originally going to be an underpainting for a colorful sky sunset, but when I saw them upside down, it looked more like a beach and as soon as I read the theme of Cherry, Lemon and Turquoise, I knew what that it was going to be a beach scene, not a sunset.

Today I am busy about the work part of art, getting them listed in my database and prepared for sale. And of course, as always on Monday, it is a #microblogmondays. A special welcome to those visiting from challenge.

The work part, entering in the database and prepping for sale

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When is it done?

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

One of the downsides to creating a lot of artwork in a short period of time is the question of when is it done.  Once it is off the board it usually a start. The next question is sorting out those pieces I am going to offer for sale. Some paintings I look at and know that as they are, I am not going to offer them for sale. Some go in the pile to be prepared for sale, and some become something else. For those that I look at on the second view and decide not for sale, not for a card or gift, t becomes a question of what to do with them. Is it a matter of needing more work or should I paste them into my how I have grown book.  do they need more. The prepare for sale pile…. That is my big to do, so very many parts to that. Mounting and or framing. Photographing, Adding to the product data base. Add to website and/or list.  The painting and creating is the more fun part of it. When do you consider your artwork done?


Summer Tunes, Work in Progress

This is an image I have wanted to make into a painting for a long time, but each time I have tried I have been displeased with the result.   It is still a work in progress, but so far I am please with the progress.  Looking at the images that I have produced I am amazed at what a difference a daily practice makes. Skills that have grown rusty with disuse are coming back.

Summer Tunes, Work in Progress

Summer Tunes for #worldwatercolormonth.

Putting it on Paper

Author Mike Stackpole, once said something to the effect of the hardest part of writing is putting your butt in the chair.  For painting, it is putting it on paper. There are a thousand things you can do once you are in your work space, prep work, cleaning, preliminary sketches, choosing what to paint.  But it is at the point where you touch brush to paper that the process really begins. I have been working on the list of prompts for #WorldWaterColorMonth and have been busily putting them on Paper. While some of them I love and I am thrilled with how well they came out. Other painting I like only a portion of, or dislike. I am still happy that I did them.

Artwork, Water Colors,

This post is part of #Microblogmondays, an event hosted by Melissa at http://www.stirrup-queens.com/ the point of which is to create a post that is between 1 word to 8 sentences long at home, on your blog, rather than on other social media. Welcome to those visiting from there.